Babson College Appoints 14 New Faculty Members

The Babson community is excited to welcome experts in family business, disruptive innovation, global studies, corporate finance, economics, and more

Fourteen new faculty members have joined Babson College, appointed for their range of expertise in a diverse set of industries.

“At Babson College, we pride ourselves in the selection of faculty members who will provide students with a rich and impactful learning experience,” said Babson College Dean of Faculty, Bala Iyer. “Our faculty go above and beyond just teaching their respective curriculum. Many serve as lifelong mentors to students and alumni as they go on to lead family businesses, launch their own ventures, or work within existing organizations.”

Babson College now has 204 full-time, and 83 part-time, faculty members.

New Faculty

Spencer Adams, Lecturer in Finance (previously Adjunct Lecturer)

Adams is an accomplished finance professional with over 12 years of experience as an investment banker and corporate executive. He has advised dozens of companies on a wide range of corporate finance and strategic initiatives and acted as lead banker on transactions with an aggregate value in excess of $2 billion. Adams has specific deal experience in initial public offerings, public and private equity offerings, convertible debt issuance, loan portfolio acquisitions/divestitures, corporate mergers and acquisitions, real estate investments, fairness opinions, and financial restructuring. He has served as a vice president in the investment banking groups of Deutsche Bank Securities and The Kessler Group.

Bojan Amovic, Visiting Lecturer in Quantitative Methods (previously Adjunct Lecturer)

Amovic joined Babson College in January of 2017, teaching courses within the Departments of Technology, Innovation, and Operations Management, and Mathematics and Science. Amovic’s professional background is focused on the intersection of innovation, quantitative analysis, and operations management, and includes a bifurcated approach of almost entirely contrasting aspects of disruptive innovation roles, and the highly structured and rigid operations management challenges of the same process. His diverse background consists of tactical, engineering roles followed by a progressive transition into senior leadership handling strategic challenges of product management or engineering program management in electronic consumables, medical, defense, and telecommunications industries. Read full bio »

Richard Block, Lecturer in Managerial Accounting (previously Adjunct Lecturer)

Block joined Babson’s faculty as an adjunct professor in the fall of 2006. He teaches graduate courses in Financial and Managerial Accounting and Accounting Information Systems. Currently, he is the Consulting CFO to a family-owned and recently sold $225 million residential and commercial heating oil and propane provider, and a privately funded feature film production company, whose just completed film is being marketed for distribution. Read full bio »

Erin Degnan Escobedo, Lecturer in Finance (starting January 2018)

Escobedo teaches Babson’s real estate curriculum. She is also a licensed attorney in Massachusetts and Florida and a licensed real estate broker in Massachusetts. Escobedo has practiced law since 2004, focusing her practice primarily on real estate law, corporate transactions, and commercial litigation. She has extensive experience representing Fortune 500 companies and individual clients as a litigator and transactional attorney with Shutts & Bowen LLP. She later worked as an Associate General Counsel to a NASDAQ-listed, real estate corporation engaged in home building, land development, and other real estate operations in multiple states and managing approximately $545,000,000 in total assets.

Leslie Garbarino, Lecturer in Entrepreneurial Business Law

Garbarino is an attorney, facilitator, and startup executive. For the past year, she has run her own startup consulting and corporate law practices. Prior to this, Garbarino was the President of Streetwise Media, the parent company of BostInno. She began her law career practicing at Ropes & Gray LLP in Boston. Read full bio »

William B. Gartner, Bertarelli Foundation Distinguished Professor of Family Entrepreneurship

In addition to serving as the Bertarelli Foundation Distinguished Professor of Family Entrepreneurship at Babson College, Gartner is also a Visiting Professor of Entrepreneurship at Linnaeus University in Vaxjo, Sweden. His current scholarship focuses on a variety of topics in the entrepreneurship field: entrepreneurial behavior, the social construction of the future, value creation and appropriation, possibility and failure, “translating entrepreneurship” across cultures and countries, the poetics of exchange, and, the demographics of family entrepreneurs. He is the 2005 winner of the Swedish Entrepreneurship Foundation International Award for outstanding contributions to entrepreneurship and small business research. His book: Entrepreneurship as Organizing: Selected Papers of William B. Gartner was recently published in a paperback edition by Edward Elgar. Read full bio »

Kristen Getchell, Director of Rhetoric Program, Associate Professor of Rhetoric (previously Adjunct Lecturer)

Getchell comes to Babson from Curry College where she served as Coordinator of First-year Writing and Associate Professor of English. She teaches courses in first-year writing, advanced writing in the disciplines, and business and professional writing. Her research interests include student peer feedback, rhetorical theory and professional communication, and how and where students transfer learned writing habits to other courses and professional contexts. She is currently co-editing a collection on rhetorical theory and praxis in the business communication classroom. Read full bio »

Nabaparna Ghosh, Assistant Professor of Global Studies

Ghosh’s teaching and research interests include modern South Asia (India, Pakistan, Bangladesh), empire and colonialism, comparative cities, urban history, postcolonial politics, and economic growth with a focus on environment and sustainability in the global south. She is currently working on a book manuscript, which goes beyond town plans and maps to explore how kinship ties have configured urban space in South Asia. Read full bio »

Michelle Graham, Lecturer in Arts and Humanities (previously Adjunct Lecturer)

Graham teaches in the Rhetoric Program, with a specific focus on the environment. In addition to Rhetoric, she teaches AHS Foundation, Sustainability, and American Transcendentalism. Prior to arriving at Babson, she taught first-year writing at Tufts University, as well as first-year writing, American Literature survey, and US Multicultural Literatures at Emerson College. Her creative and research interests include poetry and nonfiction writing on the human perception and experience of Nature and the nonhuman, and pedagogy as it pertains to the intersections between Business and Sustainability. Read full bio »

Paul Griesmer, Lecturer in Finance

Griesmer is a real estate professional with over 30 years of extensive experience providing a range of professional real estate services including: Transaction Structuring and Negotiation of Agreements; Valuation of Properties, Portfolios, Debt, Mezzanine and Equity Interests; Financial Projections and Proformas; Market Studies and Financial Feasibility Studies; Management Oversight of Design, Development and Construction Projects; Restructurings and Bankruptcies of Troubled Properties, Portfolios and Companies; Due Diligence on Acquisitions, Investments, and Development Projects; Corporate Real Estate Strategy and Site Selection; Negotiation of Acquisitions and Dispositions; Litigation Support and Expert Witness Testimony. Griesmer is a Managing Director affiliated with New World Realty Advisors, a boutique consulting firm providing professional services including debt restructuring, capital raising, real estate disposition, leasing, re-zoning and redevelopment advisory and hotel lease structuring services. Read full bio »

Carolyn Megan, Lecturer and Director of Writing Resource Center (previously adjunct lecturer)

Megan teaches Rhetoric, foundation courses in Arts and Humanities, and the upper level Practicum in Peer Consulting and Writing. She serves as Director of the Babson College Writing Center where her interests focus on service-learning in the Greater Boston community. Megan's fiction and nonfiction has appeared in several journals and periodicals including The Kenyon Review, Crab Orchard Review, MS magazine and The New York Times. Her work has been nominated most recently in 2017 for the New Letters Prize for Nonfiction and in 2016 for the Black Warrior Review Prize in Nonfiction. Read full bio » 

Stephen Spiess, Assistant Professor of Literature

Stephen Spiess specializes in early modern English literature and culture, with particular investments in Shakespeare and the interrelations of sex, language, embodiment, and knowledge in the English Renaissance. Across several projects, Stephen’s research focuses on problems of signification and knowledge in early modern England, particularly how literary and dramatic works engage, bypass, or attempt to resolve these broader concerns. He is interested in how students and literary critics navigate their own knowledge relations to early modern England, and upon what assumptions they produce truth claims about the texts and contexts of that historical culture. Read full bio »

Joshua Stillwagon, Assistant Professor of Economics

Stillwagon’s research focuses primarily on international finance and financial economics; examining empirically the determinants of exchange rates, interest rates, and equity prices. His research agenda has pursued two complementary approaches: the use of survey data on traders’ forecasts to gain a better understanding of their expectations formation and risk assessment, and the use of more flexible statistical techniques which allow for non-stationarity, nonlinearities, and evolving relationships over time. In 2009, Stillwagon served as a consultant on the state budget to the N.H. state senate finance committee, and also conducted research for the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston on the employment and innovation impacts of state-level energy policies. Read full bio »

Amanda Plummer Weirup, Assistant Professor of Management

Weirup teaches undergraduate courses in negotiation. Her research integrates decision making, helping behavior, gender, and emotion within organizations. Her current projects examine why people agree to perform favors and how their decisions influence their work performance and satisfaction. Prior to entering academia, Weirup spent over ten years serving clients in the consulting industry at Bain & Company and Accenture. During her tenure at Bain & Company, she led multiple strategy projects focusing on cost reduction, process improvement, new business development, and customer strategy. At Accenture, she delivered numerous technology design, development, and implementation projects.

About Babson College

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By Brianna Radicioni, bradicioni@babson.edu, (781) 239-4548 | 9/28/2017 9:00 AM